Reel Desis: British South Asian Film
Over the past decade, South Asians in Britain have produced a remarkable cultural movement, including indie films addressing race, religion, and post-9/11 tensions. "Emergences and Emergencies: New South Asian Film-Making from Britain," a film fest at NYU this weekend, will screen some of the most celebrated films like My Son the Fanatic and The Road to Guantanamo, as well as flicks rarely seen in the U.S., like the documentary Bradford Riots and the drama England Expects. NYU professor and film critic SUKHDEV SANDHU, who curated the series, joins us tonight for a preview.
SUKHDEV SANDHU is Assistant Professor of English and A/P/A Studies at NYU, and the chief film critic of the Daily Telegraph. He is the author of London Calling: How Black and Asian Writers Imagined A City (2003) and the forthcoming Night Haunts: A Journey Across Nocturnal London (Verso). Click here for more about the South Asian Underground film festival.
Graffiti as Knowledge: AerosolArabic in the U.S.
AerosolArabic is the tag that Birmingham, England based artist Mohammed Ali has given to his fusion of graffiti and Islamic art. Ali connects graffiti and Arabic calligraphy in vibrantly-hued spray-painted images with a root connection: the written word. Now, Ali is bringing his “calligraffiti” States-side, in a four-city "Arts and Islam" tour. Last Friday in Chicago, however, his mural project with a local mosque was put on hold after an anonymous caller complained about it, mistaking letters in the word Salaam for the Twin Towers. We'll talk to Ali about his plan to work with Bronx youth on a mural, as well as how he sees his work as a medium for unity, peace, and respect.
MOHAMMED ALI is an "urban Islamic" artist whose work has been showcased across the U.K., Dubai, and Denmark. The "Arts and Islam" tour is his first visit to the U.S. For more, including Ali’s blog of his U.S. visit, see Arts and Islam.
SAWCC Women: Ten Years of South Asian Art
Ten years ago, women from a variety of disciplines and interests—educators, writers, musicians, and poets—formed the South Asian Women's Creative Collective as an alternative space to promote visibility. Now SAWCC is celebrating its anniversary with a series of public events, entitled "Then and Now," including an Evening of Short Readings this Friday at the Asian American Writers Workshop. Stay tuned for poetry from two of SAWCC’s members
ALKA BHARGAVA is a poet and an ardent student of Hindustani Classical Music. She is also a Reiki master and yoga teacher and performs Hindu and Interfaith Sacred Ceremonies. To find out more about Alka's work, click here .
SUNITA S. MUKHI is currently Director of Asian/American Programs of the Charles B. Wang Center and Professor at Stony Brook University. She is a cultural manager, performance scholar, and artist. SAWCC’s “Then and Now” event is Friday, April 20, at 7pm, at the Asian American Writers’ Workshop (16 West 32nd Street, 10th floor). More here .
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